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A deception creeping into some churches today.
The False Gospels
The following article is in brown text is by
pastor, video operator, editor, and social media manager at Zion’s Hope.
— Feb 5, 2020
“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel” (Galatians 1:6).
Paul corrected gross error in the Galatian assembly. The key error he dealt with was the false gospel of the Judaizers, who taught the Gentiles that elements of the Mosaic Law – particularly circumcision – were necessary for salvation. Biblically, this is a classic case of legalism. However, Paul declared that if any angel or man preaches a different gospel, that being is to be accursed. The Greek word for “accursed” is anathema, which means “eternally damned.” Harsh words indeed, but such is the crucial nature of this issue.
Then as now, legalism is alive and thriving. Far too many people in the Church claim that God’s grace is not enough to save, but that elements of Law must be added. These include dietary practices, worshiping on particular days and not others, and more. Others within the Church claim that believers must be baptized, pray the rosary, go door to door, or “save the Earth” (environmentalism). In our world of “inclusivism” where “everyone is okay as long as they are sincere,” we don’t accept the truth that God says salvation is exclusive to His grace through faith in Jesus alone. Scripture says that those who proclaim these false gospels are eternally damned.
Deception in the Church
As a Church, we are quick to rightly expose cults, false religions, Eastern mysticism, and other heretical teachings for their deception and false gospels. However, we forget there are those within the Church, which Paul was referring to, who proclaim false gospels. One of the prevalent false gospels today is that of “health and wealth.” Proponents claim God guarantees His children health and wealth. Though true that God gives health and wealth, these are not guaranteed, and many have been hurt or died because of such lies.
Health and wealth doctrine is sometimes cloaked in such language as “giving you a better life” or “live your best life now.” It’s also stated as “believe and achieve” or “name it and claim it,” which amounts to “faith in faith itself.” Faith is key, but “faith in faith” is a false gospel because it places faith in what we want and desire, and not in God. Jesus didn’t come to make our life “better” according to the whims of humanity, but to save us from God’s wrath and make us more like His Son!
Another false gospel is moralism. This is where people proclaim Jesus died to “make you a good or better person.” Jesus did not come to make people better, but to bring them spiritual life. If you are a Christian, the messages of moralism are “do better” and “try harder.” While every Christian should be ethical, holy, and moral, this is not the Gospel, but the life which results from believing the Gospel of God’s grace and recognizing that salvation is 100 percent God’s grace and nothing else!
Moralism is self-defeating because it falsely teaches that we can save ourselves. Moralism is the result of pride, which leads to more pride, where we look down on others who “are not like us” or are “not as moral as we are.”
Another false gospel is liberalism, where people only focus on helping the poor, widows, and the sick. The focus is on the external. The Church should indeed help the needy, but this is to flow out of one’s response to the salvation of God’s grace. The “Emergent Church” is a staunch proponent of this false gospel, as well as the “Social Justice” movements. They do “good works,” devoid of doctrinal truth, and the Gospel of God’s grace.
The only way to fight a lie is to know the truth, and the truth is that there is only one Gospel, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God who took on Himself flesh and died in our place, shedding His blood as the perfect sacrifice. He was buried and physically rose three days later, and by faith in Him alone, can we be saved (1 Corinthians 15:1-8, Ephesians 2:8-10).
Do you believe His Gospel, and in Him alone by faith?
The foregoing article is by Michael Weis
Pastor, video operator, editor, and social media manager Zion's Hope. You can read more or donate online at Zion’s Hope.
Let's all Be Berean knowing that evil men and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. We, however, must continue in the things we have learned and be convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, knowing the sacred writings which are able to give us the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
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There is an ancient and secretive brotherhood of spiritual adepts known as Mahatmas, who, although found across the world, are centered in Tibet. These Masters are believed to have cultivated great wisdom and seemingly-supernatural powers, and Theosophists believe that it was they who initiated the modern Theosophical movement through disseminating their teachings via Blavatsky. They believe that these Masters are attempting to revive knowledge of an ancient religion once found across the world and which will again come to eclipse the existing world religions.
Theosophy preaches the existence of a single, divine Absolute. It promotes an emanationist cosmology in which the universe is perceived as outward reflections from this Absolute. Theosophy teaches that the purpose of human life is spiritual emancipation and claims that the human soul undergoes reincarnation upon bodily death according to a process of karma. It promotes values of universal brotherhood and social improvement, although it does not stipulate particular ethical codes.
THIS IS BEING USED AS A HEALING METHOD AND IS BEING TAUGHT, SURREPTITIOUSLY, IN SOME CHURCHES, PARTICULARLY IN SOME NAZARENE CHURCHES.
BEWARE, IT IS HINDUISM, BUDDHISM AND OCCULTISM. RUN!